Q. Can you tell me where in the Old Testament God tells Israel that He is sending a Deliverer – the one they were waiting for? In Rom. 11:26 it refers to the Deliverer. The Jews must have been told because it is referenced but I can’t find it anywhere except possibly Luke 2:11 where the angel announced to the shepherds the birth of a Savior.
A. My book entitled “The Redeemer” is all about this subject. The promise of a deliverer first appears in Genesis 3:15 and is repeated throughout the Old Testament. For example, in Isaiah 40-53 the subject is mentioned repeatedly. Perhaps one of the clearest times is in Isaiah 49:6, where God promised to not only save Israel but the Gentiles as well. Speaking of the Messiah, He said,
“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.”